August 03, 2017

Congress is using a $28.6 billion fund as a sequestration bargaining chip

By Lauren Fish

Source: Federal News Radio

Journalist(s) Scott Maucione

Tucked in the House legislation funding the Defense Department for 2018 is a provision that basically gives the Pentagon a $28.6 billion check to spend however it desires.

The Defense Restoration Fund, as the kitty has been dubbed, brings up some important questions about congressional jurisdiction and the possibility of sequestration.

Most notably, why would Congress give up its power to oversee how DoD spends its money and why do lawmakers continue to appropriate over the sequestration caps?

Read the full article at Federal News Radio.

  • Lauren Fish

    Research Associate, Defense Strategies and Assessments Program

    Lauren Fish is a Research Associate with the Defense Strategies and Assessments Program and Future of Warfare Initiative at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Pri...